Much of what you so elegantly say, Robert, is true. But it was not government or Democrats scheming to kill jobs in West Virginia that upset the applecart, it was technology and corporate outsourcing — basically times change.

The solution to change for the people in the coal fields, however, was not falling in behind a notorious liar and con man blaming the “other” for their poor situation. That is simply falling for xenophobic politics — the ugly side of the tribal impulse.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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